Silence cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto to make directorial debut with Tropic’s Bastard
Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Silence, Brokeback Mountain) is set to make his directorial debut with the revenge thriller Bastard. La La Land‘s Jordan Horowitz is producing the film and Martin Scorsese and Emma Tilinger Koskoff will executive produce. First Look Media’s Tropic will finance the film. Prieto worked with Scorsese on 2016’s Academy Award-nominated Silence, as well as 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street. The original screenplay for Bastard was written by Bill Gullo and production will start in the first quarter of 2018. The story is set against a looming flood that will ravage the small town of Bird’s Point, Mo.
“It’s an honor to get to make this picture alongside my terrific partners at Topic and First Look Media,” Horowitz said. “Rodrigo’s work as a cinematographer has consistently floored me, and putting him behind the camera to direct Bill’s absorbing script has all the ingredients for truly thrilling cinema.”
Prieto is known for his work in cinematography for films like Argo, 8 Mile, Alexander, Water for Horses, We Bought a Zoo, and the series Vinyl on HBO. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain.
“Rodrigo’s work as a cinematographer encompasses some of the most beautifully photographed films, and we’re looking forward to seeing his vision come to life as a feature film director,” said Michael Bloom, president of First Look Media. “Combined with Bill’s captivating script and the producing dream team of Martin Scorsese, Emma and Jordan, we’re absolutely thrilled to be a part of this project.”
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